Every Time A Bell Rings by Barbara Ankrum

Posted November 23, 2019 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

Once upon a time, he was everything to her, except for one thing: her future

Christmas sparkles from every bough and window at the cozy Four Winds Ski Resort, where single mother Eden Kendall and her eight-year-old son are spending the holiday. A surprise marriage proposal from her boss’s son wasn’t on her Christmas list, but it’s the perfect excuse to get away and weigh her options. She never imagined her son’s ski instructor/Santa impersonator would be the gorgeous, charismatic dreamer she left behind years ago, the one who still owns a piece of her heart.

Cole Hagan has never stopped loving Eden and he’s spent the last eight years proving her wrong on every count about his potential. While he fights to save the resort that he helped to build by organizing a holiday concert, he decides it’s about time that Eden puts aside her list-making pragmatism so that she and her skeptical son can experience the true magic of Christmas.

Can this unlikely pair get a second chance at happily ever after?

Title:  Every Time A Bell Rings
Author:  Barbara Ankrum
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  November 18, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There are stories that stay with me long after the final page is turned.  I’m sure you have those as well.  There is never any logical reason why one does and another doesn’t – the emotions I felt while reading, the connection with the characters, the storytelling itself, I’m equally sure there are many reasons why this happens, I only know for certain that when it does then I’ve found a world that I will return to often, seasonally or simply when I need a lift up from the realities of my own world.  For me, EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS was one of those special stories.  Cole, Eden, and Quinn captured my heart, my emotions and my need to see them find a happy future together forever.  And the touch of angels was simply the cherry on the top of a very delicious and heartfelt story.

To watch this couple find each other again after many years apart, to see the second chance for their happiness right in front of them if only they’d take the risk kept me glued to my Kindle.  Of course, there are obstacles, there is a bad guy and he’s certainly won creep of the year award from me.  One dreamer who took a dream and made it into something wonderful, and one logical, by the book, choose security every single time woman had their shot at happiness and then Eden walked away.  Now by fate, they find each other again right when Eden could once again take so much away from Cole.  That choice is hers to make – as is the answer to the happiness of two adults and one young boy.  If she will take the risk… or if once he knows the truth, Cole is willing to trust her again.

If you have to pick just one or two Christmas Romances this season, then I truly hope you’ll pick EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS.  It’s a lovely love story, it will lift up your heart and it will give you a smile every single time.  I have every intention of this being a re-read every year, and I’ll end my Christmas reading for the 2019 season with another read of a story packed with an angel’s love and three humans, two dogs and a lot of good people involved.  I loved this story and would highly recommend it to any reader who enjoys the magic of Christmas.  This one needs to be a Hallmark Christmas movie, too.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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